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After 22 years of civil war in which an estimated 2 million people died and a further 4 million were displaced from their homes, Sudan (then the largest country in Africa) divided in July 2011 into two states, Sudan and South Sudan. The people of N Sudan are predominantly Arab in language and Muslim by religion. The people of South Sudan are predominantly Christians of the Dinka tribe. Conflict continues in the western region of Darfur, and in the disputed border area of South Kordofan and the Nuba mountains, where the people are Christian but find themselves living on the north side of the border.


Diocese of Kadugli, Nuba Mountains (from 2010)

The Diocese of Kadugli is located in the Nuba Mountains, to the north of the border, and the bishop is Andudu Elnail (right). One of 24 Anglican dioceses in the Sudan, it was established in 1976 and now has 68 clergy and over 20,000 members, with a population of 5.5 million. Deeply affected by the civil war, Kadugli is without infrastructure and lacks the most basic resources.

Our sister organisation SOMA has been working in Sudan since the 1990s, and in 2010 Stephen Dinsmore led a team to introduce Rooted in Jesus to the diocese. Stephen reported: "Unsurprisingly, with the momentous events of January [the secession referendum] looming, the atmosphere was a little tense. We counted it a privilege to be in the Diocese for ‘such a time as this’. The clergy responded enthusiastically to renewal teaching and the potential of RinJ. A sound structure and strategy for implementation and accountability was arranged by the bishop, and a follow-up visit arranged for January 2012."

The team led by Stephen Dinsmore included Stephen Holmes, Robert Oakley, Annie Wintour, Claire Johnson and Eunice Kamau. Rooted in Jesus was translated into Arabic for us in Egypt.The Diocese is linked with the Deanery of Bradford in the Diocese of Salisbury, represented by Annie and Claire, and it is hoped that ongoing support will be provided through that link.

However, since the division of the country into north and south, government armed forces have been active in the area, and many people have been forced to flee their homes. Churches are being targeted, and the new Anglican cathedral has been burnt down. Many Christians have been killed, and many more have fled their homes.It is clear that the churches will be focussing on survival. We can only pray for them.

In December 2013 the Diocese published its first newsletter, giving an update on the situation of persecution which still prevails, and asking for our support and prayers. "The current condition is not helping believers in the Nuba Mountains because they are not able to attend church services due to bombing. Some are praying in the caves however, with the belief that God will protect them. Many people have lost their souls, animals have been killed and there is much displacement from what has happened in the Nuba Mountains. Schools have been shut down in most of the affected areas because of the threat of bombs as when the
children are gathered together in one place it is too dangerous." To read the newsletter and to view a video click here.

 

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